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ZARB-E-AZB & THE IDPs | Handling the Aftermath

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Great and venerated are the IDPs who have sacrificed their today for the tomorrow of the whole nation. They left their homes and businesses for a greater cause of securing Pakistan. They were braving all the atrocities and brutalities of terrorists to lead their lives. They coexisted with the militants but never embraced their bigotry and bestiality. But, when called, they decided to support Pakistan Army to get rid of the terrorism scourge once and for all.

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THE MYTH OF INDIA AS A GREAT POWER

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Over the last two decades, numerous analysts have hailed India as the next global power. This resulted partly from the marked acceleration in India's economic growth rate following reform process initiated in 1991. India's GDP grew at 6% per year for most of the 1990s, 5.5% from 1998 to 2002, and soared to nearly 9% from 2003 to 2007, before settling at an average of 6.5% until 2012. The brisker growth pulled millions out of poverty, put Indian companies even more prominently on the global map, and spawned giddy headlines about India's prowess in IT. The attention to India has endured even though its economic boom has been stymied, partly by the 2008 global financial crisis, with growth remaining below 5% for eight consecutive quarters from early 2012 to early 2014.

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IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN | Grand Strategy, Grand Failures

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The success of Daesh — erstwhile ISIS or ISIL — against the Iraqi military and the success of the Taliban in Afghanistan apparently look two different cases; however, they have something in common which glaringly shows the ultimate failure of the twenty-first century grand strategy of the US. As a part of its strategy, the US aimed at first destroying the local forces — Saddam's army in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan — and then replacing them with the one directly recruited, trained and equipped by the US army. This was supposed to be the linchpin of the US' policy of dominating the energy-rich Middle East and the Central Asia.

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Clash of Civilization in Middle East

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Ever since the demise of the Communist threat in 1991, the leading scholars have been proliferating their visions as to how the world politics would reshape. Amongst all, Samuel P. Huntington's 'Clash of Civilizations' theory has been ruling the academic debate for past two decades. According to Huntington's hallucination, the conflicts of post Cold War era would occur along the cultural fault lines — regions, ethnic groups, nationalities and religious groups — separating civilizations at two levels: firstly, at micro level i.e. adjacent groups for control of territory; and secondly, at macro level i.e. states compete for military and economic power to internationally promote their political and religious values.

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The Iron Brothers

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's latest visit to Beijing aroused great interest as well as curiosity among the people, especially after governmental claims on the outcome of the visit. According to Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, at least 19 agreements were signed during this visit, involving a huge portfolio of Chinese investment worth $45.6 billion. There were all sorts of speculations on the nature of the Chinese financing – whether they were loans or investment – and if loans, what sovereign guarantees were involved.

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Pakistan at the Crossroads

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"What then is government? An intermediate body set up between the subjects and the Sovereign, to secure their mutual correspondence, charged with the execution of the laws and the maintenance of liberty, both civil and political." | Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract)

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ACING YOUR INTERVIEW

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In recent years, the importance of Viva Voce has become ever-more profounder. The number of candidates appearing in the Competitive Examination (CE) has increased significantly, ergo enhancing the competitiveness. For instance, over the past 2 years the pass percentage in the written portion of the exam has dropped considerably to around 2-3 per cent. It is important to note that if you can make a difference of 50-60 marks in interview, the whole equation of merit would change in your favour. Therefore, I believe the importance of the interview cannot be downplayed.

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HOW TO ACE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

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It goes without saying that taking the CSS Exam is an extremely arduous task. Given all the difficulties the candidates face, they might wonder why they are further grilled through psychological assessment. But, conducting psychological assessment of the would-be officers seems imperative because the civil servants should possess the talent, skills and aptitude befitting to their job, as they have to work for the betterment of the society.

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How I Topped | Interview Fazale Rabi Cheema (Topper of CSS 2013 Interview)

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Introduction | As the result of CE-2014 written part has been announced and those who got through are now preparing for Viva Voce which is undoubtedly the most crucial segment of the Exam. Given the importance of this segment, Team JWT has brought for its readers, the actual interview experience of Mr Fazale Rabi Cheema, who topped interview in CSS 2013 by scoring an impressive 230 marks out of 300. In this piece, Mr Cheema has presented a complete picture of what he experienced during his interview with the FPSC Panel so that our readers may draw important lessons for their interviews of CSS, PMS and for other government jobs.

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Raja Menon
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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.”